Section 74 of Evidence Act "Public documents"
The following documents are public documents :-
(1) documents forming the acts, or records of the acts
(i) of the sovereign authority,
(ii) of official bodies and tribunals, and
(iii) of public officers, legislative, judicial and executive, [of any part of India or of the Commonwealth ] or of a foreign country;
(2) Public records kept [ in any State ] of private documents.
Section 75 of Evidence Act "Private documents"
All other documents are private
Section 76 of Evidence Act "Certified copies of public documents"
Every public officer having the custody of a public
document, which any person has a right to inspect, shall
give that person on demand a copy of it on payment of the
legal fees therefore, together with a certificate written at
the foot of such copy that it is a true copy of such
document of part thereof, as the case may be, and such
certificate shall be dated and subscribed by such document
of part thereof, as the case may be, and such certificate
shall be dated and subscribed by such officer with his name
and his name and his official title, and shall be sealed,
whenever such officer is authorized by law to make use of a
seal; and such copies so certified shall be called certified
Explanation Any officer who, by the ordinary course of official duty, is authorized to deliver such copies, shall be deemed to have the custody of such documents within the meaning of this section.